Presentation on theme: "Sarah Rivers Head Teacher of The Virtual School for Looked After Children “Ensure all Looked after Children receive a good education”"— Presentation transcript:
Sarah Rivers Head Teacher of The Virtual School for Looked After Children “Ensure all Looked after Children receive a good education”
The Proposed Virtual School Structure. Head Teacher of the Virtual School For LAC EIP 18-24 Transition Co- ordinator for LAC New Post TBC Education Mentor for LAC Grade 7 Education Co- ordinator TMS UPS2 Education Mentor for LAC Grade 7 Education Co- ordinator TMS UPS2 Education Mentor for LAC Grade 7 Transition Co- ordinator for LAC New Post TBC Education Mentor for LAC Grade 7
Role of the Education Co-ordinator The Education Coordinators’ key role is to promote access to education and the raising of educational achievement for Looked After Children. This is achieved through liaison and signposting to other teams and agencies; contributing to multi-disciplinary discussions and meetings as appropriate. The Education Coordinators develop and deliver training for a variety of audiences to help to raise awareness of the children’s needs. In addition, they use data to monitor the progress of Looked After Children, disseminating information as appropriate.
Role of the Education Mentor The Virtual School staff team includes Education Mentors who work under the direction of the Education Coordinators for Looked After Children. They work in a variety of schools and settings and offer direct educational mentoring support. Their key roles and aims are to support young people with improving their levels of progress and attainment alongside their personal development. The Mentors encourage the young people to achieve and aspire by promoting learning and participation through positive role modelling and effective mentoring relationships.
Some Key National Headlines in 2014 Children and Families Act 2014 Placing a duty on each local authority in England to appoint an officer to promote the educational attainment of looked after children. The provision had the effect of putting virtual school heads on a statutory footing. Pupil Premium Plus April 2014 £1900 per LAC Pupil Previously could be accessed after 6 months of being LAC, now from day 1 of being LAC No longer paid directly to school budget, paid to Virtual School Promoting the Education of Looked After Children: July 2014, DfE Statutory Guidance Supporting education 0-25 Personal Education Plans required in the early years and post 16 Involvement of the Virtual school in all school moves Promoting attendance at good or outstanding settings
Key Data 2013 Staffordshire Data 2013 National Data Non LAC 2013 National LAC data 2013 EYFS Good level of development15%52%Not available KS1 Level 2 Reading Writing Maths 64% 52% 64% 89% 85% 81% 69% 61% 71% KS2 Level 4 Maths Reading Writing Grammar KS4 GCSE A* to C in Eng /Maths 5 A* to C inc eng/maths 5 A* to C 64% 69% 53% 44% 19% 46% 85% 86% 83% 74% 59% 58% 80% 59% 63% 55% 45% 16% 15% 37%
Virtual School: Closing the Gap Priorities Promoting engagement in early years services to support improved developmental outcomes KS 1 and KS 2 Letterbox reading initiative and partnership with Libraries Reducing those not in education, employment or training (NEET) through Post 16 Virtual School mentoring and link role How we are going to do this? A revised training offer Developing a Virtual School tracking system Developing a single fast response additional funding process Supporting implementation of PEPs 0-18 Role in the education, health and care plan pathways
Under 2s How are we promoting the development of children under 2 Children’s Centre Services Library Offer Local parent and toddler groups Childcare Provision What we offer in the home environment is key Useful web links http://www.foundationyears.org.uk/parents http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/childcare/families/ccentres/h ome.aspx http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/leisure/librariesnew/whatson/libraryeve nts.aspx
2, 3 and 4 Year Olds Accessing Think 2 Offer Accessing 3 and 4 year Free childcare provision Accessing children’s centre and community groups Useful Web Links http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/childcare/families/Childcare/ choosing-childcare.aspx http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/childcare/families/Childcare/ choosing-childcare.aspx http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/childcare/families/EarlyEduc ation/think2/fundedplacesfortwoyearolds.aspx http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/childcare/families/EarlyEduc ation/earlyeducation.aspx
Statutory School Age Years Importance of finding the right school Importance of supporting transition and school changes Knowing the key stages and assessments that that place Linking with the designated teacher Being part of the Personal Education Planning process setting long term and short term targets Discussions around the use of pupil premium to support attainment Linking to specialist support services Supporting Learning in the home environment and support aspiration Useful Web Links http://www.staffordshire.gov.uk/education/schoolsandcolleges/home.aspx http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/parents/ http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/20130903171935/http://www.educatio n.gov.uk/schools/pupilsupport/parents/keepinginformed/a0010865/resources
Post 16 Raising the Participation Age, all young people in a form of education or training until their 18 th Birthday Staffordshire is supporting the development of a Post 16 Learner Agreement with local colleges, universities and alternative education providers Support from the Careers and Participation Service The Virtual School team of mentors are developing a link role with key post 16 providers to support sustained engagement in post 16 education. The next Unify event will be held on the 12 th November 2014 at Staffordshire University, Stoke Campus. Support to those attending university through the Chairman's Bursary Useful Web Links http://www.youthbox.info/HelpAdvice/LearningChoices/UNIFY/UNIFY.aspx http://www.apprenticeships.org.uk http://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk http://www.education.gov.uk/19to19/particpation/RPA
Governance of the Virtual School: An Invitation. Corporate Parent Panel Governing Body of the Virtual School Performance Management Sub Group Carers and Education Sub Group Early Years Thematic Group Statutory School Age Thematic Group Post 16 Thematic Group
Save The Date Virtual School Conference 11 th February 2015 Yarnfield Training and Development Centre Pupil Premium Plus